When your guide picks you up from your hotel, walk together to the city center and start your private tour at Red Square. From here, admire the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, a colorful Russian Orthodox church built in the mid-16th century. Your guide will point out the GUM department store, now a shopping mall, as well as Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Historical Museum.
See the neo-classical Bolshoi Theater, home to the renowned Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera, and watch the changing of the guards near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your guide will point out the former KGB headquarters and the Moscow Hotel, a modern replicate of the former Hotel Moskva, which was famously depicted on the Stolichnaya Vodka label.
Continue to the famous Moscow Kremlin for a guided tour of the grounds and learn about the history of this amazing fortress, once home to Russian tsars and communist leaders. See where coronations of Russian royalty took place at the Assumption Cathedral and admire the gorgeous palaces of Russian emperors, as well as the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon.
Visit Russia’s largest church, Christ the Savior Cathedral, to learn about its astonishing legends and recent political protests. Finally, stroll down Arbat Street and browse the fancy boutiques for souvenirs, including the well-loved Russian matryoshka
dolls, painted wooden nesting dolls.